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Bill Bailey’s remarkable guide to British birdsArtist/Author: Bailey, Bill
A humorous and very personal guide written by Bill Bailey about his favourite British birds, complete with drawings, notes and cartoons by the comedian himself. Funny and insightful, this book positively crackles with energy, knowledge and wit as Bailey takes us on a journey around the British Isles, zooming in on those birds that excite him the most. Whether it’s what they eat, where they fly to or how they communicate, these birds are always fascinating, and Bailey introduces us to their weird and wonderful ways in a manner that is always entertaining.
If you’re a parent who’d like to appear a bit clever when your child asks you the name of a bird; if you want to find a new and healthy hobby that takes you outdoors; or whether, quite simply, you want to understand a bit more about the natural environment and have a laugh at the same time, this is the perfect companion book to have. Alongside music and stand-up, one of Bailey’s favourite pastimes is bird-watching, which he has been doing since he was a child in the West Country. His fondest memories are of family outings with parents, grandparents and cousins, ticking the birds off in his little Observer’s Book of Birds. As he has said about those formative years, ‘bird-watching gave a purpose to the day and a love of the natural world which has carried on into my adult life’. A beautifully and originally designed hardback, it will delight Bailey’s fans as well as those who like a bit of armchair escapism.
Collins BTO guide to British birds.Artist/Author: Sterry, Paul and Paul Stancliffe.
Collins, in collaboration with the British Trust for Ornithology, present the most authoritative and up-to-date information in this new field guide to the common birds of Britain and Ireland. This unique new identification guide features all of the birds that have occurred five or more times in Britain and Ireland, including all species that breed regularly in the region, plus those that winter here, or occur as common passage migrants. The book has been written and illustrated as much with the beginner in mind as the experienced birdwatcher. Text and photographs describe and illustrate the key features needed to identify a species with confidence, and to separate it from similar, or ‘confusion’, species. As a general rule, the species accounts follow the taxonomic running order provided by the British Ornithologist’s Union (BOU). But for the benefit of the reader, in some instances the running order has been juggled subtly so that potentially confusing species are placed side by side. More than 1,200 photographs are featured and many are seen here for the first time. They have been chosen carefully to show not only important identification features but also to give clues to the usual habitat favoured by the bird, and its typical posture. Also available in hardcover [stock id 37836].
Helm guide to bird identification: an in-depth look at confusion species.Artist/Author: Vinicombe, Keith, Alan Harris, and Laurel Tucker.
This book covers difficult identification issues by looking at tricky species pairs or groups of birds found in Britain, and comparing and contrasting their respective features. Designed as a field companion, it supplements the standard field guides and provides much additional information. As well as detailed texts, this book includes extensive illustrations of all relevant ages and plumages of the species concerned.
RSPB handbook of British birds.Artist/Author: Holden, Peter and Tim Cleeves.
This is a revised and updated fourth edition of this bestselling handbook. This unique guide provides details of 280 of the most common British bird species. It covers all aspects of field identification, using illustrations from the highly acclaimed Handbook of Bird Identification to show all common plumage forms. The text also covers behaviour, breeding biology, population, status, longevity and any other interesting facts about the species concerned. A detailed distribution map is provided for each species. The rarities section, featuring 26 additional species, has been updated and features two species new to this edition. Six comparison artwork spreads are included to help identify difficult to identify species – such as ducks, waders, warblers, raptors and gulls – alongside one another. The RSPB Handbook provides a complete, single source of basic information to our most familiar birds.
Bill Oddie’s birds of Britain and Ireland.Artist/Author: Oddie, Bill, et al.
A new and fully updated edition of this popular title. Essentially a beginner’s field guide to Britain and Ireland’s most common birds. Written in Bill’s inimitable style, the book enables even the most inexperienced birdwatcher to clearly identify a wide variety of species. The new edition takes into account the most recent changes to the taxonomic order of bird species, includes the latest scientific bird names as well as the common names, contains numerous new pictures, and is fully updated with the latest data on species for which the status has changed since the book was first published. Clear, realistic and accurate illustrations by several leading artists show the birds as they are actually seen in the field.
Bird populations.Artist/Author: Newton, Ian.
New Naturalist # 124. Earlier naturalists formed the impression that bird numbers remained more or less stable through time. In the years since these words were written, however, changes have occurred in the landscapes of the British Isles and in the seas around the coasts, causing bird populations to fluctuate in an unprecedented way. In Ian Newton’s latest New Naturalist volume, he explores bird populations and why their numbers vary in the way they do, from year to year or from place to place. Also available in paperback [stock id 35854].
The Crossley ID guide: Britain and Ireland.Artist/Author: Crossley, Richard and Dominic Couzens.
Aimed at beginner and intermediate birders, yet suitable for all levels, this new volume in the groundbreaking Crossley ID Guide series is the most user-friendly field guide to the birds of Britain and Ireland. Based on The Crossley ID Guide’s award-winning design, this guide looks at all regularly occurring species of Britain and Ireland, and shows readers how to identify birds using size, structure, shape, probability, and behaviour. Images are accompanied by the accurate and concise text of Dominic Couzens, one of Britain’s leading nature writers. This unique book treats over 310 species – those birds most likely to be encountered by observers and the guide’s attractive pages provide a real-life approach to bird identification. Scenes present birds in various plumages, in lifelike poses set in identifiable British and Irish habitats, and plates also illustrate how a bird’s appearance changes with distance.
Organizing images in cohesive, easy-to-understand plates rather than as separate photographs, this book also sets itself apart by containing more images that demonstrate flight, behaviour, habitat, and plumages than any other volume available. Not only is this field guide a reference book, it is also a spectacular teaching resource that makes it easy for nature enthusiasts to see and appreciate the big picture of bird identification.
Scilly birding: joining the madding crowd.Artist/Author: Davey, Simon.
A humorous account of the passion, joys, highs and lows experienced by a dedicated bird enthusiast in his pursuit of an experience with rare birds on the Isles of Scilly, UK.
RSPB british birdfinder.Artist/Author: Taylor, Marianne.
This species-by-species guide shows you how to find and watch more than 250 species of birds that can be seen in Britain. Readers will be able to find their most coveted species but also enjoy rewarding watching experiences that will enhance their understanding of the species, of bird behaviour and of key fieldcraft techniques. Contains detailed information on how to find birds, including the best time of day to do so, how to search the habitat and recognize behavioural signs.
Adventures among birds.Artist/Author: Hudson, W.H. and Robert Macfarlane.
The Collins Nature Library is a new series of classic British nature writing, reissues of long-lost seminal works. The titles have been chosen by one of Britain’s best known and highly-acclaimed nature writers, Robert Macfarlane, who has also written new introductions that put these classics into a modern context. This book is almost a manifesto for the life of birds. Hudson’s experience of different forms of birdlife is prodigious, and he weaves a thousand small anecdotes together into a rallying call against indifference to the beauty of birds. From childhood memories of his first caged bird and his growing passion for them, slowly growing throughout his adolescence in Argentina, to the beauty of the diversity of birdlife in England, Hudson’s delight at this particular aspect of nature is palpable. It is in his protests against the hunting of birds for sport that his love for birds is most clearly shown. Their behaviour towards one another convinces Hudson of their friendship, and his powers of observation paint a picture of interaction and emotion between birds that is almost human. This book is a collection of detailed little pictures of the feathered world and why it matters. Told with an unrelenting passion for its subject, Hudson’s book is sure to draw you in with its countless beautiful descriptions in miniature.
Birdsong.Artist/Author: Floyd, Madeleine.
A celebration of British birds and their songs, from the sought-after artist Madeleine Floyd. Some 50 of her exquisite drawings of birds, along with their specific eggs are captured here for fans of her work and wildlife enthusiasts. It includes details of the songs and sounds made by each of the birds, from sparrows, tits, to the lyrical nightingale. The latter has up to 250 different phrases in his song and each performance is made up of a unique composition. The art of Madeleine Floyd is beautifully presented in this gem of a book and should delight all bird lovers.
Where to watch birds in Britain.Artist/Author: Harrap, Simon and Nigel Redman.
Expanded new edition. A comprehensive single-volume guide to Britain’s best birdwatching sites. This revised and expanded edition has been fully updated and now includes full grid references and a section targeting the top 100 species in Britain. It has been designed to enable birders of all levels to plan successful birding trips anywhere in Britain.
– Definitive guide to over 450 of the very best birding sites in Britain.
– Covers more than 450 sites, providing details on habitat, timing, key species, access and sources of further information.
– More than 30 new sites added for this edition.
– Includes 300 detailed maps.
– A new section gives essential information to help find the top 100 most sought-after species.